This scam arrived in my inbox with the subject line, “Doctor Oz Discovers A Skincare Technique That Will Shock You…” Needless to say, I was not “shocked” to discover it’s a scam.
DO NOT purchase this product based on these FAKE celebrity endorsements!
The scammer starts off with a big picture of Christie Brinkley putting skin cream on Dr. Oz’s face.
Under the image is this caption – “Christie Brinkley was featured on The Today Show with Dr. Oz to launch her new skincare and anti-aging products, Complexion MD and Aquallure. Discover how at 61 she looks half her age and how you can use the exact same product as her to look years younger!”
Take a look at this “Complexion MD” jar.
And, then have a look at the skincare products that are actually a part of Christie Brinkley’s REAL skincare line.
See the difference? Besides packaging that looks completely different, you’ll notice that Brinkley’s name appears on EVERY item.
When celebrities start a product line, their name or image nearly always appears on the packaging. It’s their marketing advantage and they leverage the hell out of their name.
You’ll see this principle in action on Cindy Crawford’s “Meaningful Beauty” packaging, Nuance, by Salma Hayek, Iman Cosmetics, Kardashian Beauty, Kat Von D Beauty, and others.
It’s always a red flag when a site claiming to promote a celebrity product line shows generic-looking packaging that makes no mention of the celebrity by name or image.
THE EDITED “ET” VIDEO
This scammer has gone so far at to include a video of an interview of Christie Brinkley in an interview on Entertainment Tonight.
It’s footage from an actual interview in which Brinkley discusses her skin care product line.
During the interview, the actual product is never mentioned by name, so the scammers grabbed the video and edited it to include still shots of their product – thus making it look like their scam products are the items Brinkley is discussing.
They also include “before and after” photos of Katie Couric, Barbara Streisand, Goldie Hawn and Ellen DeGeneres – all in an effort to convince consumers that these celebrities are using this product. THEY ARE NOT!
FAKE BEFORE & AFTER IMAGES
There are also other bogus “BEFORE & AFTER” images of “real people” who have supposedly used and benefited from these products.
For example, here’s “Kim Allen”…
BUT WAIT… here a BEFORE & AFTER photo from a scam site featuring a skin care product that is supposedly part of Ellen DeGeneres’ skin care line:
Hmmmm… Kinda makes you stop and think, doesn’t it?!
BEWARE THE “FREE TRIAL” THAT WILL COST YOU A BUNDLE
Throughout the site, consumers are encouraged to try a risk free trial.
Beware though, because you’ll be asked to enter your credit card information to cover a small shipping charge and once they have that, they’ll start charging your credit card $89.95 EVERY 30 days!
You see, when you hit the send button to get your “Free Trial”, you are automatically enrolled in their “Complexion MD Healthy Rewards Program.”
If you don’t call them to cancel within 15 days:
“Beginning 30 days after your trial starts and continuing every 30 days thereafter you will get a fresh supply of Complexion MD at the same generous discount price of $89.95 (plus shipping)!”
And, if you think that people who lie this much are going to make cancelling easy, think again!
PLEASE AVOID THIS OFFER!!!
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